In the early 1920’s Ernest Landry found his way from Canada to Berlin, NH. There he met a Berlin, NH native, Anna (aka Annie Lessard, whom he sooner than later married. During their courtship he escorted her to a local carnival. I’m guessing that he played one of those ball toss games. Anyway, he won a prize for his sweetheart! The prize: Hiawatha Indian Bust – Chalk Ware.
Can you remember a time when you won a prize at a carnival, or when someone won one for you? My recollection is only seeing others win and it was usually a stuffed animal, and some were gigantic. A smile crossed my face whenever I saw someone win one of those gigantic stuffed animals. I would smile at the thought of them now trying to lug that thing around. For a before-driver’s-license teen age boy, on a date, that probably meant lugging that thing around the park to show off what was won. That’s OK, but then comes walking home the date with “Monster Fluffy” in tow, and to top it off she lives at the end of the world!
This brings me back to Hiawatha with a smile on my face. My grandfather, Ernest, after winning a prize for his sweetheart, Annie, had to lug around Hiawatha, a near life size “breakable” Chalk Ware Bust. Certainly nothing that one can comfortably snuggle under the arm. Not sure that the streets were paved and I’m sure he and Annie were hoofing it back in the day. She was probably beaming with pride and maybe he was so love struck that he didn’t give the awkwardness of Hiawatha under his arm pit a second thought.
The moral of this story and the real prize for these two sweethearts was the experience, the memory of it and each other. . .
Summer time, carnival time! Do you have a carnival story to share? Please do!
Some call this a Cigar Store Indian Figure, but not this one! This very good to mint condition bust/with a story is available for your Native American/South West Theme Décor at Four Corners Brick House in Gilmanton, NH - For Sale by Oomph Redesigns -
Here is my latest find and inspiration! What is it? It is an antique mirror harp. What's an antique mirror harp, some of you may ask? It is definitely not musical, but its name has to do with its shape. It
is how a mirror can be attached to a dresser. Some mirror harps are plain and some are ornate, such as this one. The harp is attached to a dresser and the mirror is attached to the harp and allows the mirror to be tilted forwards or backwards and positioned as one likes.
As soon as I spotted it, I pictured it hanging upside down with a
wreath of greens attached to it and mounted on a wall. I love wreaths of greens, as they blend and enhance any color theme. This Mirror Harp would be stunning over a mantle; over a long buffet/sideboard; in a bedroom over a bed; over a table in an entry way/foyer or over a shelving unit or credenza in a study or office. This is truly a one-of-a-kind in the world! The “once upon a time” sheen finish is completely worn away with age, featuring its wonderful, naturally grayed wood grain. This only adds to its one-of-a-kind beauty, and that does not even take into account that it is REPURPOSED into a one-of-a-kind wall décor. Had I not spotted it, it would probably have made it to a fire pit. Phew! A piece of historic beauty is saved!
Have you repurposed something? Would love to hear about
This One-Of-A-Kind Mirror Harp Wall Décor by Oomph Redesigns is looking for a new home. It hangs proudly at FCBH – Four Corners Brick House in Gilmanton, NH